Almond Joy Martini for a Deliciously Creamy Dairy-Free Drink

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Who can resist a candy bar-inspired cocktail? Back in the day, my friend Jen would whip up chocolate martinis before we went out on the town. This creamy, dairy-free almond joy martini reminds me of those drinks, but with a nutty spin. It’s the perfect alcoholic sip for parties or simply unwinding with a friend.

Dairy-Free Almond Joy Martini Recipe for a Sweet, Creamy, Vegan Drink. It's a candy bar-inspired, easy, alcoholic beverage without a drop of milk, cream, or soy

Almond Joy Martini for a Deliciously Creamy Dairy-Free Drink

Many cocktails are rich in dairy. You might even be surprised to learn that some flavored syrups bartenders use contain dairy. But there are also several surprisingly dairy-free ingredients, and you can use them to make indulgent vegan cocktails.

Crème de liqueurs, like the white crème de cacao in this almond joy martini recipe, are typically dairy-free. I have no idea why they have “crème” in their names, but crème de liqueurs are sugar-sweetened alcoholic beverages that are clear and a touch syrupy. They shouldn’t contain a drop of dairy cream.

But don’t confuse “Crème de” liqueurs with “cream” liqueurs, which typically contain dairy. You can see my post on Dairy-Free Cream Liqueurs for some delicious vegan alternatives to traditional cream liqueurs.

Cream of coconut is another popular cocktail ingredient that is usually dairy-free. Unlike coconut cream, it’s sweetened, and usually has more stabilizers added. Coconut cream, is simply the thick “cream” that separates from full-fat coconut milk at cooler room temperatures or when it is refrigerated. It’s also naturally dairy-free.

Dairy-Free Almond Joy Martini Recipe for a Sweet, Creamy, Vegan Drink. It's a candy bar-inspired, easy, alcoholic beverage without a drop of milk, cream, or soy

Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Almond Joy Martini

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

Dairy-Free Almond Joy Martini
 
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This creamy martini has a sweet "Almond Joy" flavor. It's adapted from the popular Kokomo cocktail recipe by the Food Network.
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Serves: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 1 ounce white crème de cacao
  • 1 ounce cream of coconut
  • 1 ounce coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk
  • Toasted shaved coconut, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the vodka, amaretto, creme de cacao, cream of coconut, and coconut cream.
  2. Cover the cocktail shaker and shake well.
  3. Strain the drink into a cocktail glass, and garnish it with coconut, if desired.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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